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In Memory of

Callista Madalene Fortier

May 28, 1922 - May 9, 2017

Obituary


Callista Madalene Fortier (née Oster), 94, passed away at home on May 9, 2017, with her son at her side, just short of her 95th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Matthew Fortier and all of her siblings: John, Gerald, Adrian Joseph, Mary Magdalene, Mary Marguerite, Patricia, Dennis, Ann, Vince and Craig. Madalene was born May 28, 1922, to John Joseph and Eliza Jane Oster and raised in Stratton, Ontario, Canada. She moved to Detroit in 1946, taking on the principal responsibility of caring for her ailing mother.

Madalene was...

Callista Madalene Fortier (née Oster), 94, passed away at home on May 9, 2017, with her son at her side, just short of her 95th birthday. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Matthew Fortier and all of her siblings: John, Gerald, Adrian Joseph, Mary Magdalene, Mary Marguerite, Patricia, Dennis, Ann, Vince and Craig. Madalene was born May 28, 1922, to John Joseph and Eliza Jane Oster and raised in Stratton, Ontario, Canada. She moved to Detroit in 1946, taking on the principal responsibility of caring for her ailing mother.

Madalene was the beloved mother of two sons who predeceased her, Joseph and Raymond, and four surviving sons, Paul, John, Matthew and Philip; their spouses, and a dear grandmother and great-grandmother. She will also be missed by her large family and many dear friends.

Callista Madalene was a lifelong Catholic and deeply devoted to the Church. Despite many trials, she remained steadfast in her faith and dedicated herself to helping others in need. She was especially committed to the Legion of Mary, Lay Carmelites, Christian Family Movement, the Capuchins and the Cursillo Movement. Along with her husband, whom she had met at the church, Madalene was instrumental during the early days of Our Lady of Victory Church, a mission that served African Americans in Detroit. She was strongly committed to rectifying racial and social injustice, at a time when few took those risks.

In 1975, as a result of a car accident her husband died, leaving her to continue raising six sons on her own. She strongly believed in Catholic education, sending all her children to parochial schools, despite financial hardships. After further training, Madalene took a job as a legal secretary and court recorder, a job she retired from after 17 years. She continued to run her own income tax preparation business.

Although suffering greatly from physical illnesses, for many years, Madalene kept her keen sense of humor and radiated a contagious joy for life. She loved people and was beloved by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Missionaries of Charity (motherteresa.org), Defeat MSA (defeatmsa.org), or Catholic Relief Services (crs.org). Visitation, Tuesday, May 23 from 3-9 pm. with an evening scripture service and rosary at 7 pm. at Kaul Funeral Home, 28433 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores. Requiem Mass, Wednesday, May 24, 10 am. (Instate 9:30 am.) at St. Joan of Arc, 22412 Overlake, St. Clair Shores.